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Urban Splash seeks architects for another Walsall site

Urban Splash is looking for architects to draw up designs for its latest site at Walsall Waterfront.

The trendy regeneration company is already working with SMC Alsop, shedkm and Feix & Merlin on phase one of the Walsall Waterside project, and is now calling for designers to come up with ideas for the new site, to create a new quarter for the West Midlands town.

Officially launching at property fair MIPIM on 13 March, the competition is being organised with Advantage West Midlands, Walsall Council and Walsall Regeneration Company.

The site is a 0.2ha triangular piece of land bordered on two sides by canals, and the consortium is looking for a hotel, conference facilities, flexible leisure/performance space, and public realm, along with residential space, offices, bars and restaurants.

Urban Splash chairman Tom Bloxham (pictured) said: ‘We’re looking for excitement, flair and imagination – basically we’re looking for the defining piece of architecture for Walsall.

‘With phase one including incredible architecture, we’re keen that phase two will deliver more buildings that are equally successful in their combination of form and function.’

Urban Splash are looking for expressions of interest, with site plans, site section and elevations.

A shortlist of six practices will then be asked to submit designs by June. A winner will be announced following a competitive interview process in July.

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